2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review

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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review

A roadster in three delicious

By Jim McCraw


T he Mercedes SL is a sensuous roadster with styling and a major-league price Slide into the cockpit, up, press the button on the console 16 seconds later, its retractable steel roof changes it the open-air fun of a convertible to the quiet of a luxury coupe.

The SL is packed every bit of automotive technology Mercedes has perfected over the dozen years, and that#39;s a lot of It does everything well, the single exception of hauling Whether the folding steel top is up or there simply isn#39;t luggage space in the trunk of the SL, the rear compartment behind the seats will hold a amount of stuff.

As a follow-on strategy to its introduction of the SL roadster last year, has expanded the lineup for 2004 to three models instead of one. The original SL 500 V8 is joined by the SL 55 AMG V8 and, for ultimate power, and exclusivity, the SL 600 V12.

We#39;ve driven various SL at Hockenheim (a race track in at Road America (a road circuit in Wisconson), at Milan in Michigan, and for hundreds of road and we are continually amazed at its graceful behavior.

Model Lineup

models are available for the 2004 year: the standard SL500, the high-performance SL55 AMG, and the top of the SL600. All come loaded everything a driver and one passenger for grand touring, from the stereo to the beautiful new interior

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The SL500 ($88,500) has more equipment than just any other two-seater in the world The SL500#39;s 5.0-liter V8 engine 302 horsepower. 2004 models with a completely new electronically magnesium-housing 7G-Tronic 7-speed transmission, the world#39;s first, closer ratios for quicker instantaneous downshifting and higher economy.

The two higher-performance versions will the 5-speed automatic for a while

The SL55 AMG ($119,750) version is with incredible levels of The SL55 AMG uses a newly hand-built, 5.5-liter supercharged with more than 493 to catapult itself from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, making it the fastest Mercedes-Benz roadster ever. The AMG comes with racing-derived power.

Its immense 14-inch brake discs and calipers are with the industry#39;s first braking system, stopping the AMG with racecar-like ability. the SL55 AMG uses a further of the ABC active suspension to imbue the car cat-like reflexes while offering ride comfort rivals any of its competition.

The SL600 ($125,950) is the latest to the lineup, carrying a silky 6.0-liter V12 twin-turbocharged engine. the SL55 AMG V8 carries a supercharger and 493 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque, the V12 packs the same 493 horsepower but a staggering 590 foot-pounds of torque, than any other Mercedes of this size.

The engine is a bit than the supercharged V8, but it more makes up for it with prodigious and electric-motor smoothness throughout the rpm The SL600 will be sold in small numbers to keep it

Options on all three models a Motorola Timeport telephone, activated controls, the Parktronic distance warning system Distronic radar-based cruise ($2950) that keeps a distance between the SL and the car ahead, a pressure monitoring system and several seat options. available: Bi-xenon high-intensity high- and low-beam headlamps Keyless Go ($1015); Panorama ($1800).

SL1 Wood Package includes wood and leather wheel and shift knob. SL3 Package ($1520) includes seats with multi-contour

SL2 Sport Package ($5100) AMG Monoblock alloy wheels, tires, body-colored AMG-designed air dam, side skirts and apron, and the ventilated seats multi-contour seatbacks. The SL55 AMG with this body kit as and the V12 version has its own exterior decor, V12 Kompressor badging on the front

• For more information as specs, prices, and photos of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, click 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

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